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There's a lot of news this April despite Burnie Works staff and stakeholders taking a break over Easter. Exciting developments are taking place in several new projects. The Jobs Hub for the region is getting closer to an official launch, with a load of work behind it to date. We welcome Burnie's new Community Knowledge Collector Project Officer to the team, and celebrate our Systems Leader, Rodney Greene working in a full- time capacity for the initiative! Burnie Works continues to support and drive community led initiatives in a collective impact way.

As the month comes to a close, picture books like "We found a Cat" by Heidi McKinnon are being prepared in gift packs for Burnie pre-schoolers in our community. Every family with children enrolled in Launch into Learning (LIL) at local primary schools will have the opportunity to receive their chosen Books in Homes read when LIL's are back at school in Term 2. There's a lot going on in the community and behind the scenes at Burnie Works, hooray for that!

When Local knowledge leads, Burnie WOrks A Conversation with location included

Lived Experience Conversation with Burnie Works and community workers - register for May 12 now.

Please join us at 129 Wilson Street in Burnie, at the Youth Family Child Community Junction HUB on Tuesday May 12th from 9:30- 11:30am for a conversation around how the Burnie community is using lived experience to inform community work. Burnie Works will facilitate a conversation with community workers about current practices in our local community, challenges and opportunities. When we learn together, Burnie works. Please register for the workshop, using the link below to sticky tickets. The session is free and we will have morning tea and a chance to catch up with people in your networks. Please note that there are no available spaces for parking at YFCC Junction HUB. There is parking across the road at the McDonalds carpark and off street parking near by.

If you are unable to attend this conversation but would like further information, please contact the Burnie Works team by emailing hello@burnieworks.com.au.



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Launch into Learning, Burnie Schools to receive Books in Homes resources, term 2.

Launch into Learning is back in schools, and with it new stock of picture books for Burnie pre-schoolers. Head along in term 2 to order your new favourite family read!

Burnie Works will be disseminating book packs to Launch into Learning (LIL) coordinators at Burnie schools when term 2 kicks off next week. Families with pre-schoolers enrolled in the program with their local school are able to select a 3 picture story books per term from the huge range of award-winning titles, including Aboriginal stories, authors and book characters that will already be favourites for many children.

For more information contact your School's LIL Coordinator or email Burnie Works hello@burnieworks.com.au

The Jobs Hub Update

There has been a lot of work done across the North West region that is progressing the Jobs Hub project towards it's launch. The name as been decided (yet to be publicly released), a new logo, operating model, website and clear governance have all been established at this time.

The next steps include recruitment and accommodation for 7 new positions in the region. Keep your eyes peeled for the positions of Business Industry Officer, Communications & Connections Officer, 5 Project Officers and an Operations Support role being advertised shortly. The roll out of this project will ensure that there is a bespoke response to the jobseeker and industry needs in each municipality. Watch this space for an official launch date for the Jobs Hub with a full team onboard.

Youth Pathway Update


Youth Pathways, the program supporting young people find meaningful employment has undergone some changes. Based on community feedback and industry needs, the Youth Pathways team has been supported to adjust the program model to better support their key stakeholders, young people aged 17-25 in the Wynyard - Burnie region and local businesses. We will report a complete run down on the changes undertaken and details about how the new model is working to make a positive impact.

Youth Pathways is funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund. For more information on Youth Pathways please contact Aaron Meldrum, email youthpathways@burnieworks.com.au or call 0409 743 512

Youth Pathways Social Content

Gambling Forum for young people in Burnie

YNOT (Youth network of Tasmania) are coming to Burnie to run a forum with young people aged 12 - 18 years with support from Burnie Works, Youth Family Community Connections, the Burnie Youth Council and YMCAB (Youth Making Changes Around Burnie) on Wednesday May 4th from 3:30-4:45 pm at 129 Wilson Street, YFCC Junction Hub.

This after school session will have afternoon tea for participants and the opportunity to win a new phone! For more information contact project@ynot.org.au or call 0488 235 511
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Shandel Pile

Welcome Shandel Pile, Community Knowledge Collector Project Officer

to the Burnie Works team


Shandel Pile is no stranger to the Burnie community having spent the past 14 years in a community role with the Burnie Community House. She brings to Burnie Works the perfect mix of experience and expertise, not to mention local networks. Shandel will be busy co-creating a skilled crew of Community Knowledge Collectors for Burnie in partnership with the University of Tasmania and local participants and we look forward to sharing the story. To get in contact with Shandel, please email spile@burnieworks.com.au

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Burnie Education Award Winners!

Did you see that Burnie achieved two wins in the Tasmanian Government Department of Education Awards this month. Burnie Works closely with the Burnie Child and Family Centre to support shared outcomes for Burnie Families and were particularly chuffed to see the team win an award for the innovative program design of Look Who's Talking. This program is both community led and born out of a need that became apparent in the Burnie Child and Family Learning Centre. The program links parent attachment with speech therapy as a first of it's kind. Congratulations must also go to Hellyer College for a staff win in Innovative Literacy. The short film shows a quick snapshot of the award winners and their work. Congratulations Burnie champions!

Youth Mayors - March 2
Pictured Above, Burnie Youth Council. From Left to Right- Introducing the Deputy Youth Mayor (Junior) Taya Wells from Montello Primary School, Youth Mayor Abbey Granger, and Deputy Youth Mayor (Senior) Taleaah Smith both from Parklands High School.

The Youth Council made up of 27 representatives across Burnie schools have had some great ideas that will support an IDAHOBIT breakfast in Burnie next month, May 17th. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting event that invites Burnie to celebrate our LGQBTIA+ community and become allies.

IDAHOBIT is the International Day Against LGQBTIA+ Discrimination May 17th and right across Australia 100s of workplaces, schools and organisations are making the world a better place for LGQBTIA+ people. For Burnie, this will be the first time our community will host a public IDAHOBIT breakfast, to coincide with other breakfasts in the state. We will livestream the infamous Dorothy Awards to Burnie's University of Tasmania campus. The event will be generously funded by the Burnie City Council, in collaboration with Working it Out, University of Tasmania, Burnie Youth Council and Burnie Works. Everyone is welcome to the PRIDE celebration!

For more information please contact Garry at Working it Out, garry@workingitout.org.au

Burnie Local Government Review - Community Workshop May 4th, 3-5pm


Whether or not we realise it, each of us relies on local government services every day — whether it’s for waste and recycling, parks and playgrounds, footpaths and roads, or health and other community services. Councils act as a voice for their local communities – advocating for the delivery of services and support, including from other levels of government.

Local government is changing and we need your ideas to be heard, so we can make a positive difference. As the Tasmanian Government is undertaking a broad review of the role, function and design of local government in Tasmania we all have a part to play.

The Tasmanian Government has engaged us, Capire Consulting, as independent community engagement specialists, to facilitate the workshops where we will provide you and the community with the opportunity to articulate experiences and ask for your ideas for how local government should look in the future.

Community input in the Review is vital. You can get involved in the following ways:
  • Register for a community workshop near you or online(scheduled from 28 April – 12 May 2022), including Burnie at the Arts and Function Centre – Wednesday 4 May 2022, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Can’t make it to a workshop? Complete the online community surveyin your own time (open until 8 May 2022)
  • Download the Conversation Toolkitand host your own discussion (submissions accepted until 22 May 2022)
  • Contact the project hotline and leave a message for the project team to call you back: +61 3 9021 0622
We look forward to hearing from you! Please also share this with your friends, families, and networks.

To learn more visit The Future of Local Government Review project page


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